The Government of India requires foreign scholars to take its approval for conducting research in India and it is therefore imperative that persons intending to carry out research come to India on a research visa. Currently, all Indian Missions/Posts abroad have been delegated powers to issue Research Visas. Local FRRO/FRO is competent to convert Student ‘S’ visa into Research ‘R’ visa subject to furnishing of documentary proof of admission in a research programme and of adequate financial resources. In such cases, the conversion from ‘S’ into ‘R’ will be allowed only if the foreigners have pursued a regular three years degree course/Post Graduate course from a recognized University.
Applications for Research Visas can be submitted online through the portal on the Ministry of Home Affairs. A checklist of documents and other information required to be submitted with the application for a research visa is provided below:
NCI Member university researchers interested in conducting research in India and who are seeking research affiliation are encouraged to reach out to Ms. Christabel Royan, Director, Nordic Centre in India (email@example.com)